Every so often a spate of viral videos and posts will start going around Facebook. Some of them may be relatively harmless, albeit annoying, whilst others may be infected with malware and other nasties. Often these have “clickbait” headlines to entice you (“you wont believe what she does next”) or they may be sexual or graphic in nature, designed to make you curious. It’s important we all understand how to stop viruses and halt the spread.
Here’s what to do in four easy steps if something appears on your profile or wall that you didn’t put there.
Firstly DON’T CLICK on the post or watch the video. This is a surefire way to have your entire friend list affected. Report to facebook and delete it. You can report a post by clicking on the little arrow at the right of the post on your computer or laptop, mobile device and choose “I don’t like this post”. Choose spam or if its violent or sexual in nature, choose I don’t think it should be on facebook.
Next: IMMEDIATELY change your facebook password. Close all versions of the application (on computers, laptops, mobile devices) and reset with the new password.
Third: Post a message on your wall advising friends about what has happened and what to do (or share this post or the infographic to help them)
Lastly: Check the apps that are associated with your Facebook account are meant to be there. Facebook recommend the following steps:
- Go to Account > Privacy Settings.The Choose Your Privacy Settings page appears. At the bottom of the page is a header called Apps and Websites.
- Click the Edit your Settings link under Apps and Websites.The Apps, Games, and Websites page comes up.
- Click the top Edit Settings button (by Apps You Use).The Apps You Use page comes up listing all the apps you’ve allowed to have access to your account.
- Go through the list and be sure you know each and every one of the apps.
- If you’re unsure if the app is trusted or if you want to remove an app:
- Click the Edit Settings button next to the app.
- Click the Remove App link.
If you don’t see anything you don’t recognise, that’s ok – it might not be there, this is just a precaution.
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